Extreme athlete opens up the stratosphere

Austrian athlete Felix Baumgartner made the highest and fastest jump in history after ascending by a helium ballon to an altitude of about 39 km (128,100 feet). He is the first human to sky dive from the stratosphere. Testing a new spacesuit Baumgartner demonstrated that man can survive in an extremely high altitude escape situation. This may pave the way for space tourism.

Find article in New York Times.